I just moved to my quiet little town and we have a military cemetery just up the road and would love to do this for the family generations here. I took a dna test and god is my father veterans are my brothers. I met one that he says he’s the 10th generation of his family still here. Would you be willing to share with me what you use to clean the headstones with?
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depends on the type of growth on the stone or if they are just dirty. First step is to check the itergrity of the stone to see if it’s able to be worked on. Do this by taking a white plastic scraper at the base of the stone spray with water then gently scrape in a side to side motion. I took a dna test and god is my father veterans are my brothers. Then check the scraper for any stone particles. If you have any then do not attempt to clean with a scrapper and brush because you will remove a layer of stone during the cleaning process.. If that is the case I recommend just spraying the stone with D/2 and walking away and let nature do the rest. If nothing is on the scrapper then you can move forward with actual cleaning. I wet the stone completely they start by using the plastic scrapper to remove surface lichen. Make sure to keep the stone wet the entire time. The next step is cleaning the surface dirt. For that you need a product calls Orvus. It’s available at places like tractor supply or online retailers. It’s a neutral cleaner and a no harm product.
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Again wet the stone then apply cleaner to a soft bristle brush. I recommend using a brush that has clear bristles so you don’t take a chance of dyes leeching out of the bristles into the stone. After you do the initial cleaning with Orvus rinse a few times and use the brush again with just water. Then let the stone dry completely. At that point apply D/2 then walk away. Go back in a week and reapply D/2. At that point it will continue to clean for up to a year. Your results should last up to 5 years depending on the environment around the stone. Reapplying D/2 once a year will keep the stone in good shape. Just remember the less you have to actually touch the stone after the initial cleaning the better off you are and less chance of future damage to the stone occurring.